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Hello Honey Bee friends! I hope you had wonderful holidays and that your 2024 is off to a great start! I just mailed out a birthday card and it was the last one in my stash! So I thought I would use the beautiful Lovely Layers: Front Porch to make a spring-themed birthday card!

Since this is the first time I’ve used the Lovely Layers: Front Porch set, I printed off the helpful layering guide to refer to and plan this card. I die cut the various elements for the porch from white, light gray, brown, teal, green, and peach colored cardstocks. I also used the dies for the bow and wreath from the Lovely Layers: Front Porch Holiday Add-on set.

TIP: Do you want to really show off the embossed lines of the gray stone you see on my card? The machine I have has an embossing mat that will add that extra dimension. I secured the die cut stone piece back into the die and followed the directions for my die cut machine to emboss it. Check your machine to try this out! This really ups the dimension level and is so pretty!

To create the spring theme, I die cut the teal, peach, and green cardstocks with the dies in the Itty Bitty Fall Flowers Honey Cuts. I die cut some more green cardstock with the Grass Border Honey Cut and trimmed it into two smaller pieces.

To create a card base that will match the shape of the porch I took a top-folding A2 card base and placed the largest die (with the stone details) from the Lovely Layers: Front Porch onto the card base. Be sure that the top edge of the die is about ½” above the top folded card base edge. Then run it through your die cutting machine. Since this will add the stone embossed area to the back of the base, I just place a rectangle of white cardstock inside the card to have a smooth surface for my sentiment.

Before I adhered the Front Porch layers together, I used a BG0000 Copic marker to color the areas that are the windows and behind the windows of the lantern lights. Then I used glue with a fine tip to adhere all of the layers of the Front Porch together. The layering guide is very helpful for your first time!!

I stamped the sentiment from the Be Still stamp set with Intense Black ink. I love having coordinating dies for sentiments, and used it to cut out the phrase.

For some pretty embellishments on the wreath and flowers, I used pearls from the Pacific Northwest and Ocean Waves Pearl Stickers sets.

As much as I so love making holiday cards, it always feels so fresh and new to start the year with cheerful springtime cards! The Lovely Layers: Front Porch has so many possibilities, and I hope you have enjoyed my process for this card today!

Thank you, always, for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day, and a very crafty 2024!

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